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Advice for Moms

Video: Why You Should Send Your Kids to Camp

Sixteen-year-old Catie tells why you should send your kids to summer camp. After nearly a decade of going to camp, Catie has advice about what camp food is really like, how to fall asleep when you're away from home, and the best part of camp: learning you can live without your cell phone.
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Video: Three Tips for Making New Friends

If you have an anxious child or one who is worried about moving. Here is how to make friends at a new school. Nate tells his top three tips for changing schools. He gives expert advice about how to make the move easier, how to meet new people, and how to be your best self!
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Video: Tips to Help a Night Owl Sleep

Sam is thirteen and has a mind that goes a million miles an hour. Watch the video to see his three tips about how to get to sleep. In our family, three of us are night owls and three of us are early birds. We’ve all been like this from birth. The night owls can’t...
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Video: Best Journal for a Teen Girl

Where are you at with journaling? Have you followed the same journaling routine for years? Do you have a record of your daily dramas and big moments? What do you turn to when your weary and need real encouragement? I feel like there are two groups when it comes to journaling: those who do it...
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Family Christmas Gift Guide

Here are my yearly suggestions about what your nearest and dearest might want for Christmas. This year is a little different. Instead of curating strange and wonderful gifts from all over the Internet, these are all from Amazon and they are all available for Prime shipping. Because, let’s face it, if you still need gifts...
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Dear Catie… (on your first day of 11th grade)

Dear Catie-  Wait. Hold on What is happening here?  You—my oldest daughter, young woman, sixteen-year-old—are changing right now more than you ever have before. I did not see this coming.  You, who has always been so exceptionally sweet and laid-back—and a certified black belt at relating to other people—are becoming something even more.   Just when I thought I knew you completely,...
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Dear Elisabeth (on your first day of Seventh Grade)…

Dear Elisabeth… My dear El, you are a devourer of books. You are a voracious teller and reader of all the stories. For most people, this year—Seventh Grade—is an epic chapter of dramatic proportions in their life stories. It’s the awkwardness of sudden growth spurts (or the lack of those spurts). It’s the hormones and the crushing peer...
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Three Truths Your Kids Need You to Teach Them This Year

Life in 2020 sounds like a terrible melody of treble notes—-scarcity, panic, and complaining. But our souls need the bass notes. We’re all craving real truth and encouragement.
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Everything I’ve Learned about COVID, I Knew from Living on the Gulf Coast

Hurricanes are Dramatic. So is COVID. Hurricanes change lives in dramatic, unstoppable, irreversible ways. So does COVID. The difference, though, is most of the hurricane drama happens in one long night of trees crashing, windows shattering, and floodwaters soaking everything. Through that one night, everyone is praying for the hurricane to pass and morning to...
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The Secret is Grace–For Yourself

To run a 5K, or redecorate your living room, or crochet a scarf, or write a book, you have to start with tons of grace—like endless heaps of it.
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